Inmates' Meals Delay as Luzira Lacks Enough Saucepans

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Luzira Upper prison lacks enough sauce pans to prepare meals for inmates, legislators sitting on the Public Accounts Committee PAC have learnt. Gerald Karuhanga, the vice chairperson of Parliaments Public Accounts Committee wanted to know why inmates are served posho at midday and then beans at 2pm. This is when Robert Munanura, the commissioner in charge of custodial services, told MPs that they have few sauce pans.

Luzira Upper prison lacks enough sauce pans to prepare meals for inmates, legislators sitting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have learnt.
 
This was during a meeting with officials from the Uganda Prison Services who had appeared to answer audit queries raised by Auditor General John Muwanga in his 2014/2015 financial year report.
 
During the meeting MPs discovered that inmates at Luzira Upper Prison take posho and beans at different times because of fewer sauce pans at the prison which houses over 3,000 inmates.
 
Simon Kimono, an Undersecretary in the Uganda Prisons Service, who led the team, was tasked to explain the discrepancy amounting to 66 million Shillings meant for inmates' food.
 
Kimono explained that it was a result of mistakes made in the budgeting process where the Management forgot to budget for firewood.
 
As a result, Prisons diverted 66 million that was meant for food to be used for the purchase of firewood. It was at that point that MPs raised concerns questioning if some inmates didn't go hungry without meals as a result of the mischarge.
 
Gerald Karuhanga, PAC Vice Chairperson questioned why inmates are served posho at midday and then beans at 2pm. This is when Robert Munanura, the commissioner in charge of custodial services, told MPs that they have few sauce pans.
 
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MPs questioned why Prison authorities subjected inmates to inhuman treatment of first keeping posho for hours as they wait for beans.
 
Eli Muhumuza, the commissioner in charge of planning and development at Uganda Prison Service, said that they requested for 54 billion Shillings this financial year for inmates meals but were only given 22 billion shillings.
 
"Some schools have over 4,000 students but they prepare the meals for all students, how comes you can't feed 3,000 inmates? Do you want to say you haven't been able to buy saucepans all these years?" Angelline Osegge, PAC chairperson asked.
 
John Baptist Lokii, the Matheniko County MP threatened to rally other MPs to block the passing of the Prisons  budget if they do not buy more saucepans.
                                             
 
 
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.